Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Finishing your EPP Quilt.

Almost every time that I finish a mystery, I get the question "How do we finish it?".
The reason I do not blog about it every time is that I've already blogged it before. But, just like you, I didn't want to search through my blog and find it.

On the other hand, I haven't finished a quilt for several years. I always get them pieced just enough to show the pattern, then I move on to the next. I have come to realize that I am a "designer" not a "quilter". So, frankly, I don't quilt!  Nope.

But, its not that I don't know how to. In fact, since I took a step back and re-evaluated my quilting life, I have decided that I really really want to make an effort to finish quilts from now on. That way I'll have shop samples for when every single one of you ask your local quilt shop and guilds to have me come teach a class. Yes, that is my now goal.

Now as for finishing your last mystery quilts. ACK it's got those odd edges??!! What to do???

Well, since its a table runner you can take the easy way out. You could just back it with WOOL felt (not the cheap stuff). You could whipstitch the felt to the bottom of the runner. If you wanted another layer of batting for this I'd use flannel. I like flat table runners, not fluffy. It's hard to put little candles and such on fluffy.

Another method you could do is create pieces as a border to make your quilt have a straight edge. (I know I've shown this on some blog post around here....) . Just be sure to add enough that you have seam allowance to turn under. You might want to add just trianges/diamonds to square it off, and then another small border that you can turn under. This works well.

Since I don't have sample photos this time around, I've done some YouTube looking and found these for you.

This first video shows a couple of methods to finishing hexagon quilts with the unusual edges. I REALLY like the second method she shows. I've never tried that method but its basically the same as adding the shapes only she turns them under. Nifty!

This next method is much faster and will make you machine quilters happy. Since I have to come to grips with the fact I'll never get time to hand piece AND hand quilt (at least at this point in my life), I am happy with hand piecing and machine quilting. She really does a nice job of teaching you how to deal with the pesky edges by creating a "facing".

I hope this is at least a bit helpful.

P.S. The Hillbilly is back. I had my little breather and I am ready to go! I cannot wait to get going again.

The next mystery will be announced very soon. Super excited!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Your gift is on the way!

I don't remember what I have blogged and what I haven't, and using this device I am not even going to try to go back and read them. I HATE blogger for mobile. It is awful.

Anyway, what I am getting at is, I left. I flew the coop. I gave up the ship. I WALKED AWAY. Yes. Yes I did. I shut my businesses (yes plural) down and just took a hike. I seriously needed a break. Things on the home front have been crazy (I know that is SO redundant of me... but seriously it's the truth. There is always SOMETHING going on here that is so out of the ordinary that I think many have decided we live for dramatization and make things up. But, nope. Not the case. We just like extreme living I guess.

ANYWAY (didn't I already say all of that? )

I am on the way back. I am working my way back around. I am finding my little place in my new world.

I DO HAVE ANOTHER MYSTERY! Yes, I do. And I wanted to give it to you TONIGHT! As a Christmas gift. Well I at least wanted to announce what it was all about. But, I cannot. Soon, but not tonight.

I've been sewing on mine and its very pretty. You will like it.

And that is all I am going to say about that. I guess it is sort of like a box of chocolates. I like boxes of chocolates. Sort of. I don't like the growth that also comes with them. Oh gosh, now I totally want a box of Russel Stovers Orange centered chocolates... ever had them? My ex husband used to buy them for me. I should totally call him and tell him I need some. No, probably not. Still, Santa must not think I was very good cuz he didn't bring me any.

AnYwAy (I got distracted again), I will be back soon.
I know you want to know how to finish the last quilt and I know you want to know about the next mystery. I JUST NEVER HAVE TIME ALONE.
Oh THAT is my Christmas wish. Not much time... just enough time to get the business up and going again. That is a huge wish because I had to remove my son from his little one day Academy so there goes ever any hope at all of me ever having time to myself ever again for 10 years anyway. Maybe Santa can swing it for me?

After Christmas I am going to have a little sit down with my husband and we will find that time for me. Because frankly, I have all these patterns in my wee little head giving me a headache because there are so many wanting free!

Therefore, Merry Christmas all and I'll see you soon. Very soon. Only not tonight. I need to go not put my orange candies into my stocking. ( I didn't buy myself anything... I am just sticking some knitting yarn down in there and hoping that satisfies my young son into thinking it was from the jolly man in red). I will, however, enjoy a certain plate of cookies and milk. Someone has to, right?

I'll be back soon. Thanks for the break. It was kind of you. You've all been super patient.